On Wednesday (June 23), a 47-year-old farmer died after being beaten with a ‘lathi’ by a special Sub Inspector in the Salem district.
The incident was recorded on video, and the video has since gone viral on social media.
In the video, a police officer named Periyasamy is seen beating a man named Murugesan, despite the victim’s friends’ cries and pleas. The incident occurred at the Pappinaickaenpatti check-point, which is part of the Yethapur station limited in the Salem district.
The victim was said to have gone to the nearby Kallakurichi district to buy liquor with his friends. When stopped by cops, the farmer, who was inebriated, was said to have argued with them.
Murugesan and his friends can be seen pleading with the police officer, who continues to thrash the man indiscriminately while other cops in the area look on. The officer apparently stopped hitting the victim with the cane only after he became unconscious.
Periyasamy has been arrested, according to the police. Leader of the Opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami also raised the issue in the Assembly, to which Chief Minister Stalin promised action and said an investigation was underway.
Because of the pandemic, 11 districts in Tamil Nadu, including Salem, remain under restrictions, which means that liquor stores are closed. People from such districts tend to go to adjoining districts where state-run liquor shops are open, despite the guidelines prohibiting them from doing so.
The police brutality incident is reminiscent of the Jayaraj-Bennix custodial death case, which occurred in Tuticorin in June 2020.